HANA June 15: 29 adult birds of 12 species banded, 3 hatch-years, 19 recaps. 48 species observed in the study area, a couple of nests observed as well. Ten volunteers came out to enjoy the day, including several RIT alumni and BBBO veterans.  Many able ears and hands were available for helping. Some highlights included the babies, a hatch year Northern Cardinal and a hatch year American Robin.  At this age the robins look more like thrushes than ever, with some speckling on the breast.

Juvenile American Robin

Juvenile American Robin

We also had a couple of gorgeous grackles, and a pair of American Goldfinch.

Pair of American Goldfinch

Pair of American Goldfinch

One interesting capture was a decidedly second year Warbling Vireo that was already banded.  However, it was not banded at HANA!  We caught someone else’s vireo!  Very cool.  Also cool was a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, who perched just long enough for us to get a photo showing his band.

Adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Finally, my favorite bird of the day and my favorite bird of all, we captured an after-third year male yellow-shafted flicker! Looking at the primary coverts it was a textbook aging call as an after third year, truly a perfect specimen.

Most of the crew!

Most of the crew!

All in all it was a great day with many interesting captures.

Samantha Gonzalez